Coordinator's Corner Weekly Announcements

Quote of the Week: “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry



Coordinator’s Message: “What is a great teacher?”  Is it someone who can prepare a dazzling lesson plan?  Is it someone who has a firm grasp of content knowledge?  Is it someone who is organized and pays close attention to detail?  Is it someone with energy and passion?  Where many great teachers may exhibit such qualities, I don’t think any of them define a great teacher.  I think a great teacher is a master learner.  Great teachers have mastered the art of learning.  They seek answers to difficult questions and seek questions to difficult answers.  They long to uncover possibilities and unearth deeply rooted connections between ideas.  Great teachers use data, and not the kind that comes from standardized tests necessarily, but the kind of data one collects from a life of learning, like recalling the thing that finally made Shakespeare digestible or quadratic equations click and then using that data to make ideas come to life in the classroom.  Great teachers transmit their love of learning and the skills of learning to their students.  Masterful learning what makes CORE special.  Our teachers are expected to be students first and teachers second. There are great teachers everywhere, but I would be willing to bet that you will not find a collection of great teachers as great in quantity or quality as in this Magnet.

Why am I sharing all of this? This week (May 4-8) is National Teacher Appreciation Week.  Originally just one day, national teacher recognition began in 1953 when Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded Congress to acknowledge and honor teachers for their hard work and dedication.  Later, National Teacher Appreciation Day, celebrated around the world, officially became the Tuesday of the first full week of May in the US, which in 1985 became National Teacher Appreciation Week.  Though I hope that you show your teachers your gratitude everyday, this week be extra vigilant about showing your appreciation to them for imparting their love of learning to you.



Thank you!!: I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for making COREchella 2015 the best COREchella yet!  It took over a hundred and fifty volunteers, thousands of collective hours, and of course, a super talented group of performers… Brandon Le, Megan Toni-Liv, ANB, Leah Jaffe and Bryant Andrade, Bella Romano, Morgan Knight, Veronica Mahoney, The Visionaries, New Yesterday, Macon Noise, Michael Kim, Gut Flora, Cathy Kim, Olivia DeBonis and Miranda LeMere, Euphoria, Unknown Freaks, Band Class, Everyman, Sandbox Fistfight, Encore, and Garden Girls, featuring Mr. Posito and surprise guest, Mr. Cecil.  For a complete list of thank yous, click HERE.




Relay for Life:  Are you interested in forming a team or joining one for the Reseda chapter of Relay for Life that will be taking place at Cleveland High School on June 6-7? See Ms. Slaughter for details.




COREbaby Seniors:  The Cleveland Humanities Magnet Parents Association will be awarding three scholarships worth $500 each to seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA attending four-year colleges or universities in the fall of 2015. The deadline is Tuesday, May 19, 2015.  You have two weeks, so do not wait! Click HERE for details.



COREbaby College Survey: Seniors, please take a few moments to complete the following SURVEY.  This information is extremely important to our ability to recruit students, make adjustments to the program where necessary, and create networking opportunities between current students and alumni. Please note that this SURVEY is done in addition to the survey you will be completing for Ms. Drell. Thank you for your time!



Senior Awards Night:  Senior Awards Night is Thursday, May 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm in the Big Gym.  This is truly a lovely event where many of our seniors are honored by their teachers, counselors, and administrators for their outstanding work this year. The Magnet’s Parents Association will also be honoring three students each with a $500.00 scholarship that night, so Seniors, please make arrangements to attend.



Magnet Schools of America Honors CORE: Congratulations to our teachers, students, parents, administration, and community partners! It is my profound honor to announce that Magnet Schools of America has awarded Cleveland Humanities Magnet with the 2015 Magnet School of Excellence Award. This is the third year in a row that we have been recognized by the MSA, once in 2013 with the Magnet School of Excellence Award and in 2014 with Magnet School of Distinction Award.  The School of Excellence is the top award, and we were the only school in California to receive it! There is no place like Core!




Reading the Coordinator’s COREner Pays Again:  Jordane Sozi and Shirin Moti won 1st place in in MIT INSPIRE, a national research competition in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, organized by MIT students exclusively for high school students. Their research examining the contradictions of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson’ pursuit of Democracy as influenced by John Locke won 1st place in the Philosophy category, along with $2000. Way to represent, Corebabies!




Reading the Coordinator’s COREner Pays: Congratulations Jaspreet Kaur, Corebaby junior, who won the Princeton Prize for Race Relations!  Jaspreet was chosen for her tireless work with the International Youth Media Summit, a non-profit organization, that brought fifty students from twenty-four countries to the United States. The students made PSAs that tackled issues like poverty, discrimination, youth empowerment, and by working and spending time together, students learned to respect each other.  Jaspreet will be flown to Princeton University for a 4-day symposium on race relations, and if she wins the top prize will receive a scholarship.  To read more about her work, click HERE.  Congratulations, Jaspreet…we are so proud of you!



Early Dismissal Tuesday:  The is this Tuesday, May 26th at 1:59 p.m. Please plan accordingly.



The Next MPA Meeting:  Please let your parent’s know that the next MPA meeting is this Wednesday, May 20, 2015 in room E10 @ 7:00 pm.



New COREture:  It is Fashion Week in CORE.  We have three new COREture designs on sale for $15.00. Get them while you can from the Magnet Office.



Having Trouble in Your Classes?:  You are not alone; there is tutoring available!  The Boys and Girls Club of the West Valley is offering free tutoring Monday-Thursday in our school library from 3:00-5:00 pm.  They also offer college admissions workshops.  One of the tutors is a CORE alumnus. Come to the Magnet Office to pick up the registration paperwork.



Online Tutoring Available: Revolution Prep is offering a GPA Protection tutoring program for students.  For $99.00 a month, you are entitled to UNLIMITED, 30-minute, online tutoring sessions in 22 different subjects.  Go to for more info.



Caught Having Spirit: Every Friday show your school spirit by wearing your Core or Cleveland gear. If I, or a member of the COREdinators, sees you, you will be entered to win great monthly prizes.



Forgot Your Corebaby Email Password?:  You can retrieve it, but it will cost you a dollar.  Go to Mr. Saavedra in E7 for information, but don’t go empty handed.



Clean Up After Yourselves:  Please do your part to keep your learning environment and other areas on campus clean. Pick up your trash, recycle where possible, and remind your friends to do the same! I do not want see your trash left on the floors for someone else to clean up. Thank you!



Cavalier News: Go to to check it and get important schoolwide info!



Corebaby Email: Be sure to check your Corebaby email address EVERYDAY for important updates!  If you use another email address as your primary email address, you can forward your Corebaby emails to that address so that you don’t miss anything!



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